Thursday Mar 05, 2015. 23:41
Abia Warriors have signed 19 new players and retained 14 from last season, according to the Umuahia club.
The new entrants include experienced campaigners like Valentine Nwaebile, who moved from Niger Tornadoes, Uchenna Keke from Akwa United, Bolaji Shakin, and Ivorian import, Dosso Alhassan from Dolphins as well as Rangers twin brothers Joshua and Moses Odo.
Former Enyimba Josiah Maduabuchi moved from Warri Wolves to join the Warriors who also grabbed Taraba United left-footer, Ali Buhari. Ogu Michael and big goalkeeper Chinedu Ude (Iroko) have also joined Abia Warriors from sister club Heartland, along with the Bayelsa United duo, Binebi Johnson and Sheriff Bashir.
Some local rivals also lost their players to Abia Warriors.
They include, a non-league outfit based in Umuahia, “New Generation” who sold Shedrack Asiegbu and Michael Olaha to the Premier League outfit, while another local side, Abia Comets, lost Emeka Joseph to the Warriors.
National League side MFM, Lagos supplied Atu Irumekhai to the Warriors who also signed Husseini Ahmen from Mighty Royals FC and Osita Egbo from Magic International Academy.
The old players who were retained include Austine Obaroakpo and his central defence partner, Nnaemeka Anyanwu as well as experienced defenders Ogbonnaya Okemiri and Mohammed Garba.
Others are goalkeepers Joseph Onuoha, Nnanna Michael, John Gaadi and Chinedu Anozie as well as free-kick specialist Ndifreke Effiong and the club’s second highest goal scorer last season Chisom Chikatara.
Roving mid-fielder, Ifeanyi Onyeali and Okorie Torty also made the cut, alongside Nigeria U-23 team star, Michael Ibe Okoro and Chukwuemeka Nwabalogu.